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Thursday June 30, 2005
06:00 AM

$E = $m * $c^2

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It feels like there's a lot of energy in the Perl community right now with new, interesting, and cool stuff happening left and right.

$m is the number of new modules on CPAN. For me right now, Test::Base looks interesting, PPI is very useful for my Devel::PerlySense project and I hope to use Catalyst for something simple in the near future. And there are lots of others.

$c is the number of conferences being held, squared because of what happens when people meet in real life, talk to each other, hack together, drink beer, and become friends. YAPC::Europe is a couple of months away and I can't wait.

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    • I hadn't seen it, but it seems somewhat similar in direction. Thanks for the pointer.

      Devel::PerlySense isn't so much about refactoring (source editing) as about getting around your code base (browsing/navigation) and bringing the documentation for modules/methods/subs to you when coding. So it's more like IntelliSense in that regard.

      For example, in Emacs, when the cursor is on the method of


      and you press C-p C-d (the Smart Docs command), you get to see the documentation (POD,

  • Also Sepia [], which is my attempt at doing something similar using B::Xref instead of PPI. It's sort of rough, but it might be worth looking at.
    • Wow, how come I haven't found this when surfing?

      Maybe it should be a bit more visible on Emacs sites where Perl and cperl-mode is mentioned?
      • Hey, it's the first hit for "emacs perl sepia"...:)

        I haven't promoted it much at all for a couple of reasons: First, I don't like self-promotion, so I don't like to go splashing Sepia all over web pages, mailing lists, etc. Second, there are known bugs in the current released version, and I haven't gotten around to fixing them all in my local copy. I find it useful myself, but you really need to know a bit of Emacs and Perl to get yourself out of trouble sometimes. It's great if you're willing to debu